Looking After Your Children’s Teeth

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Dental health is one of the most important elements of your child’s overall well being. Healthy teeth and gums are essential to a happy childhood, and have implications far beyond dental discomfort. Naturally occurring plaque and tartar can coat the teeth and erode tooth enamel if left untreated, leading to pain, sensitivity and even tooth loss. Particularly for younger children, this can have a devastating impact on growing mouths, and it is essential parents take proactive steps to look after their kids’ teeth and gums.
Unfortunately, it can take kids a while to get into the mindset of caring for their teeth and their bodies more generally. Health education is becoming increasingly central to school curricula, and this is useful in training both kids and parents in the most effective ways to care for teeth and gums.

10 Ways To Reduce Back Pain

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Just about every American suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. You may think this is just because you’re getting older, as the average person who has back problems is between the age of 30 and 50, but it doesn’t mean you have to suffer with it. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your back pain and to hopefully ensure that your day is pain free.

True Blood: A Nurse’s Perspective

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Give me a good conspiracy theory, vampire movie, bigfoot documentary, or any other similar item of oddity and I’m glued to the TV screen. Because of my great curiosity with fantastical creatures and cryptozoology, I totally dig a show that’s based in the real world but throws in mythical creatures to stir things up a bit. For this, and many other reasons, I love the HBO drama True Blood.

The Case of the Vanishing Brain Tumor

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It would seem that if you are performing surgery specifically to remove a brain tumor, and when you get inside there is no brain tumor, you’d stop, right?

You wouldn’t dig around for your own satisfaction. You already knew it wasn’t cancerous, so you don’t need to look for anything else.

He extra time in my head lead to the CSF leak which made for the most miserable 7 days of my life.

I had to have a lumbar drain inserted to relieve the pressure of the CSF. If I wanted to lift my head off the bed at all I had to call a nurse to clamp the drain or else my brain my squeeze through the holes in my skull. (And that lovely gem came straight from the mouth of one of my nurses to another nurse… that really comforted me. Let me tell ya)

When a Headache Won’t Quit

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I woke up with the worst headache I have ever experienced. I don’t get them very often. I can think of maybe 10 times in entire life when I’ve had one. Five of them in the last couple of years. I guess it’s a true sign of hold old a fart I am becoming.

They Made Me Put My Socks On With a Stick

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I find it interesting how the most grumpy, disgruntled people react to kind gestures. It’s been my experience that usually someone with an attitude has a pretty good reason for it. There are the occasional crapheads who are just crappy for no reason, but usually there is some sort root cause for most meaness I experience in my nursing practice.

Sometimes a Doctor Needs a Compliment

Recently discovered a blogger who I could almost swear is a twin separated at birth. Not Nurse Ratched recently wrote about the nurse and doctor relationship in a post Toeing the Line: Nurse vs Physician . This reminds me of an encounter with a physician I had a year or so ago. He was covering […]